Sabio
Sabio

Sabio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sabiodudleysquare.com/
  • Phone: 8593689901
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Javier Lanza
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sabio
Sabio is Lexington’s newest casual fine dining restaurant. We’re located downtown on the corner of Maxwell and Mill St., inside the historical Dudley Square. Completely remodeled, our decor and menu provide a sophisticated atmosphere perfect for everything from casual lunch meetings to formal dinners.

Stop by to grab a drink and relax on our large, 1000 sq. ft. patio. Or, if you’re feeling extra naughty you can hang out with the bad kids in Detention. Our menu prepared by Executive Chef Javier Lanza uses only the finest Kentucky Proud ingredients.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Sabio reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (35)fit for foodies (33)great for outdoor dining (31)neighborhood gem (25)romantic (20)good for groups (13)great for lunch (13)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (6)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Very nice dining experience. Good food and attentive, welcoming staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful place.
    ExperiencedDiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    It has been a while since we gave gone to a restaurant and all the food was fantastic. Traveling extensively, it was a joy to find such a gem here in our backyard. We unfortunately got a newer waiter that was not perfect, but very kind nonetheless. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    LuvsFood
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I went to dinner at Sabio for date night. We live near the city and wanted a different menu and location, in hopes that we would feel like as if we were spending the evening out of town. Sabio offered us exactly the atmosphere and experience we were looking for! The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was delightful! We will definitely be dining there again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sabio's Succeeds
    cottonelle
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The patio is a lovely place to dine. Our dinners were excellent and so was the presentation . The beef tenderloin was perfectly prepared and the potato gratin was divine. My husband ordered the lamb chops which were also very good. Our server was Mason and the service was flawless. This was not our first trip to Sabio and it won't be our last. Highly recommend for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pistolannie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Sabio again proved to be everything I hoped it would be. I had the vegetarian entree which was a mushroom stuffed ravioli in an amazing sauce. Great wine & cocktail list, ambience, overall wonderful experience. Bravo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find!
    Melena
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is an elegant menu, lots of variety. Server well trained. Bar service slower than the crowd level would dictate. Definately going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food leaves a lot to be desired
    DJ64
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great location, great decor. Food was tasteless. Barest basic seasonings. Filet was good quality but lacked even a touch of salt or pepper, as far as I could tell there wasn't anything seasoned. Rack of lamb was served rare and the quality was poor. Chewy and stringy. Duck breast was good as was the vegetable puree but was served over a violet colored sauce that was unappealing. Appetizers were lobster risotto, nearly over done in the fryer but tasty inside. Dungenes crab cake was mostly a deviled crab cake, not lump as our server indicated. I would probably try it again, assuming this time was a fluke since most of the reviews of the food have been positive. Service was okay not great.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service Evaluation Overall Rating
    mark2dine
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The hostess greeted us warmly & appropriately. However, we found the young woman who waited our table to be uncommunicative, unresponsive, almost unfriendly. Once she brought us our food & asked a minute or two later how we were doing, we didn't see her again until much later. If the restaurant was busy (little sign of that, though some diners were outside), they should have additional staff. Food, BTW, was excellent but high-priced.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sabin
    lizzie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    When we arrived we waited for about 15 minutes before anyone came to our table. Our server was Jane and she was terrific but the kitchen and bar must have been extremely busy because everything took forever. My chicken was dry and the mashed potatoes were cold and tasteless. It was overall not a good meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • i thought i missed the old dudley's
    pistolannie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    until I ate at the new sabio. inviting interiors, patio a must (weather permitting), overall great experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening
    BurgerbuddiesVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We took out if town guests because of the historic building In which Sabios is located. Also because we know the food is good and the menu is varied. We had a wonderful evening. The tables are placed far enough apart that diners are unaware of others conversations. We all chose different entrees and we all loved our choices the waiter was attentive without being obtrusive. We sat for quite a while after eating and we were left alone to enjoy our conversation. We have eaten lunch at Sabiis many times. I will definitely put it on the list for dinner as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding in every way!
    BluegrassCycler
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner, the service was excellent, and they did everything to accommodate us on a Saturday evening without a reservation. Terrific staff and service! I cannot say enough positive things about our experience. Food was excellent and they had a great wine list. Will definitely patronize this wonderful restaurant again. Thanks for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Good was great; awesome presentation of food is always consistent. Service was fair; waiter not exceptly friendly and appeared very discombobulated at times during our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food and service
    connie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The service and the food are outstanding at Sabios. We have never been disappointed. Four of us were at dinner together and three of the four ordered fish, which was prepared perfectly. The presentation is beautiful and each mouthful is a delicious treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining in LEX
    DRMIAFL
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Being a resident of Miami Beach, I am used to fine dining with a great selection of restaurants to choose. Lexington has so many restaurants, but in my opinion, most are below average, especially in a metropolitan town. My experience at Sabio was a great experience for myself, and my guest. The service was good, having three people who attended the table very periodically; the food was most delectable, and served in a very timely manner; and was a very nice atmosphere. I throughly enjoyed myself, and when in the greater Lexington area again, I will dine with Sabio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lexington Gem
    FLDiner
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My wife and I went to Sabio's for our wedding anniversary and were glad we did. We took advantage of an unusually cool July evening and dined on the patio, where the trees and fences provide good separation from the street noise. Our waiter (alas, it was his last night there) was personable and knowledgeable and provided excellent service. The food was exceptional. We especially liked the wok charred green beans as a starter, the grilled vegetable salad, and the crispy duck breast which was accompanied by wonderful pureed root vegetables and haricot verts. Sabio's is a real gem in Lexington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio
    zeus50
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We really enjoyed the alfresco dining. The dinner and desserts were excellent. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Lexington.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful patio
    VAisforLovers
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Had a great brunch on the patio and looking forward to going back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FANTASTIC!!
    Foodie1
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had a 9 member dinner party and everything was delicious and perfectly prepared. We had drinks in the bar before dinner. The wine was wonderful and mixed drinks were divine. With such a large group, we enjoyed appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts. Our dinner and evening were perfect in every way. If you have not been to Sabio...Go, go now and save some room for dessert! (Austin is an Awesome server.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sabio - A nice evening
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was perfectly prepared and well presented. A fried green tomato salad was delightful, but a charge of 1/2 the price was charged for splitting it between two. A disappointment! Service was excellent, but the wine list, particularly by the glass was not very interesting. Even the bottle list lacked a good variety of white wines. With so many really fine wines available, at customer friendly prices, the selection was not so good. Certainly worth returning to and we will do so.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Scallops were perfect... probably the best I've had in Lexington. Grilled ceaser salad was also fantastic! Our service was fair, but very nice when we saw her. Had the creme Brule and bread pudding with a cup of coffee.... damn good! Creme Brule was different in favor (notes of lavender and honey) but very good. Bread pudding was pretty damn good ( Palmers and Johnathan at Gratz park better). Overall, good good, drinks and atmosphere .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply delightful
    Anniversary
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    First time at Sabio, but won't be our last. The restaurant was charming, with its glass windows,exposed brick,beautiful hardwood floors, paintings and unique colors. The service was first class, the food was excellent...best steak I have had in a long time. Our waiter was extremely attentive and just a nice guy. We asked him to take a couple of pictures, as this was an anniversary dinner, and he was more than willing. There were several wine options; everything was reasonable. The bar area as well as the outdoor seating also would have been a good choice for our meal. A totally enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for a patio desert, not dinner
    Tara
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Outdoor dining experience should be requested. The entre and appetizer food is over done, sauces are heavy and rich almost to the extent of hiding any true quality of the food. Not a place for foodies, but a lovely place to visit for desert or a simple glass of wine on a summer evening on their patio. The service is good, but if the only server employed the night you visit gets a big table your smaller table's service might suffer. This place is definitely not the old Dudley's at this location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Patio is nice
    SteveMVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We finally made it out to Sabio to try and it was ok. The patio dinning was very nice and the menu was exciting to see the different options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anniversary dinner
    Catherine
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We ate out on the brick patio, which is a fantastic environment with the huge shade trees and garden right by. Our waitress was fabulous, and very knowledgeable about gluten-free diets, including the difference between celiac and gluten-sensitivity. Our smoked salmon appetizer was wonderful, the wine was good, and my husband and I both had the salmon for our entree. I thought the beans were delicious, but the avocado/gauc type topping on the fish needed a little something more. The dessert I had with ice cream, berries and a champagne cream topping was amazing. I would definitely go back and would recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DO NOT GO HERE
    MDet
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    One of the worst experiences I've had at a restaurant in a while. My husband and I decided to sit on the patio because it was such a nice night out. A fly got in my wine, no big deal, but when I asked the waiter what their policy is for replacing the glass, his response was, "Well... that happens in nature, but I'll get you a new one." The tone was very condescending and completely insulting. When he brought my new glass of wine, be made a show of setting a napkin over the glass so 'nature wouldn't happen again.' The food was okay, but not for the price. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere you will actually be treated with respect.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodie Approved!
    tapinky
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I have arranged business group meetings at Sabio several times. The "foodies" love it! Most of my guests have been from out of state. Location (close to UK), service and prices are also pluses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My boyfriend and I traveled to Lexington for the Horsey Hundred bicycle ride this Memorial Day. We always look for a new restaurant to try on one of our evenings in town. This one was the best pick yet!!!!!! Delicious food, a beautiful outdoor dining patio, great staff all in a very eclectic and wonderfully restored old building.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Excellent!
    maverickv
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Love the ambience of this restaurant. SO well decorated and classy. THe food is always amazing. Don't miss a chance to have dinner here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the Sabio reviews archive.
  • An excellent lunch garden
    JustinWestVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    On a day visit to Lexington and needed a place for lunch. Sabio came first on my search for a restaurant and I am so glad I did follow that recommendation. Food was excellent including a very nice chocolate dessert. The ambiance was perfect. The place has also a large indoor and bar area which seemed nice but I didn't use.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Terrific Meal
    Bloozman
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Took international visitors for a special meal and was not disappointed. Everyone enjoyed their meal immensely. Very unrushed and relaxed with excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for small groups
    BigKahunaKy
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We had a small group of former business colleagues and spouses meeting for dinner on a Wednesday evening. The ambiance was great for conversation. The tables are well spaced, allowing for privacy in a room 3/4 full of people. The menu was fairly small, but varied to handle all desires. The specials filled out the menu even more. Our group had filet mignon, salmon, osso buco, gnocchi, and duck as entrees, and everyone was happy with their selections. The gentleman who had the duck was from New York, and said it was the best he had eaten. Service was relaxed but efficient. Prices were appropriate. Altogether, a very nice evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lack luster
    Sybarite25VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I really love a great dining experience! When my family dines out we want to be impressed. This being said, our food quality was good but preparation and presentation were unimpressive. Frankly, I could have easily reproduced any one of the items we ordered. Sabio lacked the "wow" factor we require and while we appreciated the adept service, this alone isn't enough to ensure our return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Haute Cuisine Al Fresco
    WhirledPeas
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Where Dudley's used to be. Eat outside in the courtyard. Food is fantastic. We had asian green beans and crab cakes for appetizers, humongeous diver scallops, perfectly cooked steaks, dauphinoise potatoes, and scrumptuous salads. The 2012 Patz and Hall Pinor Noir was a knock out red cherry, spicebox joy. Excellent service. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Patio Dining
    ancook
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Treated our Co-Worker to Birthday Luncheon, party of 7, was a perfectly beautiful day, the Patio was spectacular! Reasonably priced luncheon menu with great variety, the food and service was fabulous! Have previously reserved at Sabio's in the dining area and the patio for other business luncheons and asked guests how was lunch? The comments are always rave reviews! Will return again and again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    K8egolf
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    All four adults in are party ordered something different and each of us loved our dish. Kudos to the chef!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Meal
    PaulInLex
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Perfect weather, incredible food, great company, wonderful server. Everything was great. We indicated at the start that we were going to take our time and enjoy a leisurly evening. The server may have taken it a bit too much to heart...but since we asked for slowww, we decided to be content w/ it. We have eaten here many times and enjoy it every time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinning Experience
    Sobia
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    It was Derby weekend so I did not think I could get a reservation but I found Sabio, and very glad I did. Food was great and our waiter (Mason) was the best I have had. Very knowledgeable of the menu and food preparation. We were seated in the bar area and he was also apologetic of the noise level from the table next to us. I am sure that my rating on noise level and ambience would have been different if I was in the dinning area. Great place, I will go back but really do want to be seated in dinning area.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We were visiting Lexington and decided to eat at Sabio's based on reviews from Open Table. Food and service excellent. Located in renovated school building which we found very interesting. Had the chocolate cup for dessert which was to die for!
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing short of amazing!
    Mary
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food was phenomenal, our service was attentive & personable & we had a great time. First time I've been to Sabio & already recommended it to multiple people. I'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.